illegallybrunette (2019-2020)

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Application Information

F - Fee Waiver, A - Attending, W - Withdrawn, D - Deferred
# Law School Status Type $$$ Sent Received Complete Decision Updated
4 George Washington University F graph Accepted W $90,000 10/30/19 10/31/19 10/31/19 12/11/19 7 months
Northwestern University F graph Waitlisted W 10/21/19 10/22/19 12/01/19 02/28/20 7 months
3 Arizona State University F graph Accepted W $85,000 10/18/19 10/21/19 10/21/19 11/05/19 7 months
University of Southern California F graph Waitlisted W 10/29/19 10/30/19 10/30/19 03/18/20 7 months
University of Michigan Ann Arbor F graph Waitlisted W 11/09/19 11/11/19 11/15/19 02/07/20 8 months
2 Georgetown University graph Accepted 11/09/19 11/10/19 12/06/19 01/10/20 9 months
Columbia University F graph Waitlisted 10/29/19 10/30/19 11/01/19 02/11/20 9 months
Harvard University graph Rejected 10/30/19 10/31/19 11/01/19 02/04/20 9 months
Stanford University graph Rejected 10/29/19 10/30/19 11/01/19 02/03/20 9 months
University of California Los Angeles F graph Waitlisted 10/30/19 11/04/19 11/06/19 01/21/20 9 months
1 University of Pennsylvania F graph Accepted 10/21/19 10/22/19 10/25/19 12/19/19 10 months
New York University F graph Pending 10/29/19 10/30/19 11/01/19 -- 10 months
University of California Berkeley graph Pending 11/09/19 11/10/19 11/25/19 -- 11 months

Applicant Information

unremarkable private
Political Science
N/A out of N/A

Demographic Information

5-9 Years

Extra Curricular Information

* In college: Public service-oriented tier 3 softs (very engaged but nothing to get me in the newspaper)
* 8 years since college: Public service career which might amount to tier 2 or tier 3 softs (substantial, legally-adjacent career... but I haven't cured cancer or earned a Purple Heart)
* Queer, first-gen


Oct 14 (2019): Got LSAT score

Oct 14-18: Received fee waivers from USC, Penn, UCLA, GW, and NYU. Received CAS fee waiver (in addition to universal application fee waiver) from ASU. Requested and received Northwestern's automatic fee waiver for applying early.

Oct 28-30: Received fee waiver from Columbia. Completed Northwestern's weird video interview.

Nov 5: First acceptance!!! ASU said yes and offered $85k scholarship (over three years) if I say yes by 3/1/2020 or $70k if I say yes by 4/1/2020.

Nov 6: Requested (and was denied) a Georgetown fee waiver womp, womp

Dec 10: Received request to interview with a Georgetown alumni

Dec 11: Second acceptance! GW offered $90k (over three years), though with their higher cost it'd be more expensive than ASU.

Dec 19: Alumni interview with Georgetown (way less substantive than I was expecting; maybe only two real questions?).

Dec 19: Yahoo for acceptance #3 at Penn via a call from an admissions dean! They didn't provide any scholarship info in their voicemail or follow-up email.

Jan 10: Found an acceptance from GULC in my mailbox -- an actual, physical acceptance letter! Very cute.

Jan 14: Very lovely "hang tight" email from Michigan.

Jan 31: Perfunctory "hang tight" email from NYU; I responded with an enthusiastic love-filled email and asked a second professor to send a recommendation letter (originally, I'd included one faculty letter and two professional letters).

Feb 3+4: The declines were gonna start coming eventually. Womp womp. Stanford came via a letter and HLS via status update through their portal.

Feb 11: After receiving three waitlists/reserves in a row, starting to really hate waitlists. Like, the last thing I want is to drag this out to the summer!

March 16: Got invited to interview as a finalist for the Toll Scholarship at Penn! Yahoo! Visited earlier in the month and totally fell in love.

April 1: Sent off a bunch of withdrawal notices to schools I'd been accepted/waitlisted at. It's mostly down to Penn and Georgetown (though, technically, Berkeley and NYU haven't gotten back to me and I did decide to stay on Columbia and UCLA's waitlists). Weirdly cathartic to "reject" schools after being on the receiving end for the last few months.

Visitor Comments

  • Penn ED or RD?
  • Wednesday, January 15 2020 at 01:38 AM


- sonnyvision
  • Re: Penn ED or RD? - sonnyvision
  • Tuesday, February 04 2020 at 06:06 PM

Thanks! I was regular decision at Penn -- they came so weirdly fast!

- illegallybrunette
  • Your cycle is still looking good.
  • Tuesday, February 11 2020 at 05:27 PM

I'm getting waitlisted at a lot of places too, this shit's crazy right?! But I'm super jealous of Penn, you have a great option even with all of these WL's! Bet you'll get off some of them.

- Doctor Pepper
  • Re: Your cycle is still looking good - D
  • Monday, February 17 2020 at 03:12 PM

Right!? It feels like there's no rhyme or reason, but I think that might be the life of a splitter? Who reads your app and how they feel about it is probably a much bigger factor than someone with more aligned LSAT/GPA (I'm honestly just rationalizing what has been a confusing acceptance/WL pattern). But I'm super excited about Penn! Congrats on Berkeley!

- illegallybrunette
  • Queer isnt URM for LSN purposes
  • Saturday, March 14 2020 at 09:41 PM

Heads up

- TheKiaLawyer
  • Thanks
  • Thursday, April 16 2020 at 12:31 AM

Thank you for sharing your Splitter Success -- inspiration for me :)

- LawDropout

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